Glossary of Dental Terms P
The hard and soft tissues forming the roof of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities.
- Palmer Notation
Palmer notation is an identification system for teeth widely used to designate individual teeth amongst orthodontists.
A panorex is a single large X-ray taken outside of the mouth that shows all the teeth on one film.
- Partial Denture
A partial denture is a denture replacing one or more teeth in a dental arch.
The area surrounding the end of the tooth root.
The area surrounding the crown of a tooth.
A periodontist is a dentist specialising in diseases of the gums and other structure surrounding the teeth.
Periodontitis is the serious and advanced stage of gum disease which includes bone loss. Periodontitis is irreversible.
A soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives.
Polishing is a dental procedure that removes stains, plaque and acquired pellicles by using an abrasive polishing paste in a rubber cup, attached to a slow-speed handpiece.
The portion of a dental bridge that substitutes for an absent tooth.
- Porceiain Veneer
A facing fabricated from porcelain that is bonded to the surface of a tooth to repair it and/or alter its contour and shade.
In dental terms a post is a thin, metal stick-like instrument used in root canal treatment.
Refers to teeth and tissues towards the back of the mouth
A premolar is a tooth that has two cusps or points; located between the incisors and the molars.
- Primary Dentition
The first set of teeth.
Dental prophylaxis consists of removing plaque and cleaning the teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease.
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist whose practice is limited to the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth with artificial substitutes.
The soft substance in the tooth, which contains the blood vessels and nerves.
- Pulp Canal
The portion of the pulp in the root.
- Pulp Cavity
The pulp cavity is the central cavity of a tooth containing the pulp (including the root canal).
Complete removal of vital and non vital pulp tissue from the root canal space.
Inflammation of the dental pulp.
Surgical removal of a portion of the pulp with the aim of maintaining the vitality of the remaining portion by means of an adequate dressing.